# World Maps Test Quiz

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• 1.
A contour interval
• A.

Is the vertical spacing between contour lines.

• B.

Connects points of equal elevation above sea level.

• C.

Is a single map in a topographic series.

• D.

Heightens the graphic effect of a topographic map.

• 2.
Which one of the following correctly lists the four main properties of maps?
• A.

Area, direction, latitude, longitude

• B.

Equivalence, shape, latitude, longitude

• C.

Conformality, equivalence, direction, symbols

• D.

Area, shape, distance, direction

• 3.
An example of a choropleth map would be showing
• A.

Vegetation patterns by state

• B.

The location of schools in a census tract

• C.

Population density by county

• D.

The population of selected cities

• 4.
A map drawn at which of the following scales would show the most detail?
• A.

1: 500,000

• B.

1: 250,000

• C.

1: 63,360

• D.

1: 24,000

• 5.
Meridians of longitude are farthest apart at the
• A.

Equator

• B.

Poles

• C.

International Date Line

• D.

Arctic Circle

• 6.
When one travels one eighth of the distance around the world along the same parallel of latitude, the angular distance of longitude traversed is
• A.

30%

• B.

45%

• C.

60%

• D.

90%

• 7.
A map scale of 1: 25,000 means that
• A.

One inch on the map represents 25,000 feet on the earth.

• B.

One inch on the map represents 25,000 inches on earth.

• C.

One foot on the map represents 25,000 inches on the earth.

• D.

One foot on the map represents 25,000 miles on the earth.

• 8.
A geographic information system (GIS) is primarily based on the use of
• A.

The electromagnetic system

• B.

Remote sensing

• C.

A computer

• D.

A thermal scanner

• 9.
What is the representative fraction scale of a map in which one inch represents one quarter of a mile on the ground?
• A.

1: 21,120

• B.

1: 15,840

• C.

1: 10,560

• D.

1: 2,640

• 10.
The most appropriate contour interval for a relatively flat area is
• A.

5 feet

• B.

50 feet

• C.

100 feet

• D.

1,000 feet

• 11.
Probably the most often misused projection is
• A.

Goode's Homolosine

• B.

Simple conic

• C.

Gnomonic

• D.

Mercator

• 12.
Given a map scale of 1: 31,680, how many inches on the map would be needed to represent 4 miles on the ground?
• A.

2 1/2 inches

• B.

5 inches

• C.

8 inches

• D.

12 1/4 inches

• 13.
Maps that show how the amount of a phenomenon varies from area to area are called
• A.

Choropleth maps

• B.

Topographic maps

• C.

Flow-line maps

• D.

Orthophoto maps

• 14.
Under the survey system established by the Land Ordinance of 1785, land is divided into
• A.

Tiers and ranges

• B.

Base lines and meridians

• C.

Townships and sections

• D.

Acres and hectares

• 15.
Conic projections are often used to depict hemispheres or small parts of the earth because
• A.

A straight line drawn anywhere on the map is a line of constant compass bearing.

• B.

The cone is the developable surface closest in form to one-half of a globe.

• C.

Distances along all standard parallels are true.

• D.

They can be mathematically adjusted to preserve conformality and equivalence

• 16.
As one crosses the International Date Line going eastward, the calendar day should be moved
• A.

Back one day

• B.

Ahead one day

• C.

Ahead twelve hours

• D.

Back twelve hours

• 17.
If it is 5 p.m. at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, what time is it at 45° W longitude?
• A.

2 p.m.

• B.

8 p.m.

• C.

1 a.m.

• D.

11 p.m.

• 18.
A great circle is formed on the surface of a sphere by a plane that
• A.

Is tangent to the poles.

• B.

Intersects the surface at two points only.

• C.

Passes through the center of the sphere.

• D.

Divided the sphere into four equal parts.

• 19.
The prime meridian
• A.

Passes through Greenwich Village, New York.

• B.

Is given in nature.

• C.

Connects the North and South poles.

• D.

Is parallel to the equator.

• 20.
Which of the following statements about longitude is correct?
• A.

Degrees of longitude range from 0° to 360°.

• B.

Meridians decrease in length away from the International Date Line.

• C.

Distance between adjacent degrees of longitude increases away from the equator.

• D.

It is the angular distance east or west of the prime meridian.

• 21.
All of the following are key reference points in the grid system EXCEPT the
• A.

North and South poles.

• B.

Polar circumference.

• C.

Equator.

• D.

Prime meridian.

• 22.
Every projection has some degree of distortion because
• A.

A curved surface cannot be represented on a flat surface without distortion.

• B.

Parallels and meridians never cross at right angles on a globe.

• C.

The grid system is two-dimensional but the earth is three-dimensional.

• D.

A sphere is a developable surface.

• 23.
• A.

Latitude is a measure of distance and of the equator.

• B.

Latitude lines are always parallel to each other on a globe.

• C.

Latitude varies from 0° to 180°.

• D.

On a globe, lines of latitude intersect parallels of longitude at right angles.

• 24.
All of the following are developable surfaces EXCEPT the
• A.

Sphere.

• B.

Plane.

• C.

Cylinder.

• D.

Cone.

• 25.
Thermal scanners are characterized by all of the following EXCEPT that they
• A.

Sense the heat emitted by objects on earth.

• B.

Can operate only in the daytime.

• C.

Have been used to detect water pollution.

• D.

Do not use photographic film.